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The Night Shift at Wiltons: Pictures

Fri 20 Aug 2010

Last Friday saw The Night Shift (our late-night informal concert series) take place for the very first time at Wilton’s Music Hall. The evening started off with music from Nathan ‘Flutebox’ Lee and guests – as you might glean from his name, he plays the flute and beatboxes at the same time – stunning. At 9 the OAE came onto the stage for a concert of music by Purcell and Handel, led by Matthew Truscott and featuring soprano Anna Dennis, and the evening was capped off with a DJ set from Nick Luscombe. Wilton’s was packed to the rafters with a very appreciative crowd, and the Orchestra sounded fantastic in the acoustic of Wilton’s. We hope to return!

Our resident Night Shift photographer Joe Plommer was there to capture the evening. Here is a selection, and the full set can be viewed on our Flickr page.

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Burning down the house

Fri 24 Apr 2009

Well, we had a rather eventful evening last night at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Most of the evening ran very smoothly – pre-concert talk, 7pm concert, Night Shift concert. Then, after The Night Shift, just as we were all at last relaxing with a drink and enjoying Nick Luscombe’s set we were rudely interrupted by Southbank Security rushing into the building. It was only then we noticed the flames licking at the windows of the Queen

Elizabeth Hall foyer! We and the rest of the audience were swiftly evacuated from the building and it wasn’t very long before an impressive number of fire trucks and firemen arrived (the latter much to the excitement of certain members of OAE staff). Luckily it was quite a balmy evening so we weren’t too cold and the fire was quickly put out. Our film crew who were filming a promo film about The Night Shift seemed unfazed and continued to interview audience members outside! We were let back in shortly before 12, so luckily we didn’t have to stay any longer than usual. But it definitely made it an evening to remember! Hopefully at the next Night Shift the drama will be limited to the music…

William Norris, Marketing Director

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